A wide range of organisations in the UK across the public, private and voluntary sectors have introduced the practice of Mindfulness into the workplace within the past few years. We have delivered the AWARE Mindfulness programme locally to clients in banking, political, legal and public relations sectors.
Do I need Mindfulness in my workplace?
Mental illness will affect 1 in 4 of the working age population in NI in any one-year, with anxiety and depression being most common. In Northern Ireland depression is 25% more common than in other parts of the UK. This costs over £3.5billion per year – equivalent to 12% of the country’s total income. Studies show that practicing Mindfulness can help you manage mild depression, anxiety and other common mental health problems.
Employers have responsibility for the health and wellbeing of their employees, with mental health now on a par with physical health. Mindfulness could help you find a creative and unique solution to stress reduction, reducing burnout and in turn will help increase the emotional resilience of staff.
The AWARE Mindfulness Programme will help your business proactively manage stress related sick leave and will encourage a more focused, creative and resilient workforce. Mindfulness can also improve working relationships, improve employee wellbeing, increase productivity and will undoubtedly lower absenteeism.
Here’s how AWARE’s Mindfulness Programme worked for one business owner.